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With Everything We've Got
A Personal Anthology of Yiddish Poetry

edited and translated by Richard J. Fein
bilingual Yiddish/English

9" x 6"
218 pages

In With Everything We've Got, translator and poet Richard J. Fein introduces English-speaking audiences to some of the most poignant and passionate voices of the twentieth century. This outstanding collection features the work of fifteen acclaimed Yiddish poets, and includes the translator's own poetic responses to their verse, and to the act of translation itself. The poems offer nuanced experiments in form, thoughtful meditations on the fate of the Yiddish language, and reflections on a diverse range of themes and concerns, from the joys and hardships of immigrant life in America to the alienation of workers in the modern metropolis. With extensive biographies of the poets, an incisive introduction to the cultural background of their work, and a bilingual English/Yiddish format, With Everything We've Got is a wholly enjoyable and diverse anthology of Yiddish poetry, and a comprehensive introduction to an essential chapter in the story of Judaism.

Including poetry from: B. Alkvit-Blum, Jacob Glatstein, Uri Zvi Greenberg, Moyshe-Leyb Halpern, Izi Kharik, Moyshe Kulbak, H. Leivick, Mani Leyb, Itzik Manger, Anna Margolin, Perets Markish, Itshe Slutski, Abo Stolzenberg, Abraham Sutzkever & Aaron Zeitlin

"Richard Fein takes a strikingly different approach by sprinkling his own poetry in both Yiddish and English throughout his translations of the great Yiddish modernist poets. Fein's poems interact with... the Yiddish poems just read, and reflect upon his relationship to Yiddish poetry and Yiddish culture in general. By showing us how much this poetry means to him... Fein compels us to read the lines closer—this time with feeling. By the end of the anthology, the reader senses that he has just read something closer to a narrative, a heroic struggle by Fein to understand himself in this "exilic homeland—to use Professor Seth Wolitz's term from his concise and illuminating introduction to the anthology."

The Jewish Daily Forward

"A valuable book: an anthology of notable poems documenting one of the significant, and very painful, experiences of recent human history."

– Thomas Kinsella

 

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